Interesting Fact about Canadian Thanksgiving

Did you know Canadians watch football on Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1879.

In the States, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Head north of the border and you’ll find Thanksgiving celebrations happen when you cross country lines, too — albeit with a couple of major differences.

Canadian Thanksgiving is in October.

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Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the first Tuesday each October. Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was originally celebrated in November, then the third Wednesday in October, but in 1957, Parliament officially made it the second Tuesday of October.

The Canadian football league holds a Thanksgiving Day Classic each year.

Canadians love their sports, too! Football on TV is a mainstay on Canadian Thanksgiving just like it is in the U.S.

The Food

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Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving much the same way we do in America: with copious amounts of food. You’ll find a spread of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, and vegetables — basically heaven on a table.

Celebrations continue into the weekend

Though there are dinners held on Thanksgiving day, it is during the long holiday weekend that most families have the big Thanksgiving meal — usually on Sunday.

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